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NEW DETAILS ON PLANNED DOWNTOWN EAST TOWER
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New plans have been revealed for a proposed residential tower just steps from U.S. Bank Stadium.

Ryan Companies has been working since 2014 on plans for a new tower that would rise on a small plot of land next to the Mills Fleet Farm parking ramp. When the ramp was constructed there were always intentions to also build a tower of some sort, whether that tower would be a hotel, office, or residential space was the question.

In 2018 Ryan Companies released plans for a residential tower that would be constructed on the site located at 710 S 4th Street. At the time a 25-story building was planned that would have included 245 apartments. One of the downfalls of that proposal was that there was no retail space planned within the project which many felt was a huge miss due to the site’s proximity to U.S. Bank Stadium.

UPDATED PLANS

New plans for a 305’ 24-story building will be presented to the Minneapolis Planning Commission at their next meeting. With the new proposal more apartment units have been added to the development along with a small amount of retail space on the ground floor.  

In total, the building would house 342 apartments on floors 2-23 ranging in size from micro units to two-bedroom units. Floors 22 and 23 would also include penthouse units which are expected to feature larger square footages and upgraded finish packages. 120 parking stalls would be located on one level of underground parking and three above ground levels. 1,070 square feet of retail space would be also located on ground floor towards the middle of the building.

Residents would have access to a number of different amenities located throughout the building. The first floor would feature an expansive lobby along with a bike maintenance and electric scooter charging room, a pet spa and an outdoor pet run. Level two would feature leasing space, work space and more indoor amenity space. Level six of the building would include additional indoor amenity space along with a large outdoor amenity deck with a number of different sitting areas, fire pits, outdoor kitchens and walking trails. Last but not least, residents would have access to a top floor amenity level located on floor 24 which would include over 7,500 square feet of indoor amenity space along with a 3,400 square foot outdoor pool terrace.

Ryan Companies would develop the building and The Excelsior Group would own and manage the property once complete. Construction could begin later this year with an anticipated completion in 2021.

 

CANOPY BY HILTON PLANNED FOR DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS

A rendering of the Canopy by Hilton planned for Downtown Minneapolis | Canopy by Hilton

A brand new Hilton hotel brand will call Minneapolis' East Town neighborhood home come 2018.

Sherman Associates announced last week that a Canopy by Hilton will be the hotel that opens in Thresher Square once a top to bottom renovation and restoration is completed. The hotel will span all seven floors and will feature 182 guest rooms along with a ground floor restaurant and bar that focuses on farm to table food.

The drop-off area for the Canopy by Hilton planned for Downtown Minneapolis | Canopy by Hilton

It's big news for Sherman Associate's latest project as the Thresher Square Canopy by Hilton will be the first location for the brand within the Midwest. Once open the hotel will be the 7th Hilton property in Downtown Minneapolis and the 9th property within Minneapolis.

While the historic Thresher Square building is being renovated, Sherman Associates is also constructing a seven story mixed-use building next door called "East End". That building will be home to 180 market-rate apartments along with ground floor retail. Trader Joe's will call most of that ground floor home while Jimmy John's will open a location in a retail space at the back of the building.

ABOUT CANOPY BY HILTON

A new customer is here; The Millennials.

The hospitality industry is changing at a rapid pace as hotel brands race to re-brand themselves and appeal to a new industry and customer. Whether that be the rebranding of well established brands such as Hilton's Embassy Suites or the creation of entirely new hotel concepts such as Hilton's Canopy by Hilton, the hotel industry is taking notice and responding quickly.

Canopy by Hilton bills itself as an "energizing new hotel in the neighborhood." Their boutique styled hotels are filled with extras and surprises.

An interior rendering of the lobby area | Canopy by Hilton

Upon arrival guests are given a "Welcome Treat" which often is a local sweet of some type. Check-in is available in person at a desk or also on your mobile phone. The lobby is designed for lingering, wandering, and meeting new friends.

Breakfast in on the hotel, whether that be in your room or in their cafe. Same with basic wi-fi, it's all free. Guests also can come down to the lobby each night for a sampling of the areas best beers, wines, and spirits complimentary of the hotel.

The guest rooms feature a split room design with a sliding barn door separating the spaces. The over all design is a new take on modern/traditional with eclectic pieces of furniture such as lounge chairs, side tables and desks along with of course a luxurious bed. Take a look for yourself here.

While exploring the hotel further guests will notice the attention to detail, more importantly the attention to local details. Canopy by Hilton properties take design cues from the surrounding neighborhoods. The Downtown Minneapolis location for instance will highlight the local Mill District vibe with an industrial chic look. 

Canopy by Hilton plans to open in Minneapolis in January 2018 before US Bank Stadium hosts the Super Bowl. 

 

 

 

PROJECT UPDATE: Minnesota Vikings Stadium

It's time for a PROJECT UPDATE on what is currently the largest construction project in the state of Minnesota and one of the largest in the country. We're talking about the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis.

We took a few pictures (basically more than your development heart could desire) of the current state of construction at the new stadium. Last week a "topping out" ceremony was held marking the completion (for the most part) of concrete work at the site.

Above: Rendering of the concourse area. (Minnesota Vikings)

With concrete work slowing down work on the placement of steel trusses and beams is in full swing. The last pieces of HUGE steel trusses that will support much of the roof load are being put into place this week and next with the final piece being put into place next month (watch a video here). When the last of the steel trusses are put into place it will allow for work to proceed on the roof. 

Now of the roof of this stadium is not a typical roof. It is unique for more than one reason. However the biggest reason (and likely the one you'll notice most) is the fact that half of it will be transparent. This was a crucial element to the design of the overall structure as originally it was hoped that the stadium would include a retractable roof.

The clear roof will allow for stadium goers to experience what will feel like the outdoors... minus the rain. We should probably point out that the "glass" (it's actually going to be made from a material called ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE)) will make it the largest roof of it's kind in the world. Yes, the entire world. The ETFE material will begin to be installed this month and will be completed in November.

Above: Rendering of the new stadium showing the translucent roof. (Minnesota Vikings)

The roof isn't the only thing that will gain the "largest in the world" title. If you look at the rendering above you'll see four pivoting glass doors. Those doors open to allow for the connection to the outdoors along with a perfect view of Downtown Minneapolis' skyline. Oh yes, they're also the largest pivoting doors in the world.

Work has been progressing at a rapid rate on the stadium. The 1.6 million square feet of space will be fully enclosed... with heat... by December. From there it will take roughly six more months to finish things up with a completion of the entire project expected about a year from now in July 2016.

Below are a number of construction pictures that are for your enjoyment. Take a moment to check them out, there's a lot. 

PROJECT UPDATE: Wells Fargo Towers

The new Wells Fargo Towers, the focal pieces of the new Downtown East redevelopment, have officially been topped out (look for the tree on top of the building on the left in one of the photos below). The twin 18 story structures are scheduled to be completed for January 1st, 2016.

With the physical bones of the structures in place the facade work has begun stretching towards the skies. Ryan Companies has also begun work on prepping the two blocks that will become home to "The Commons", the two block park that will be the centerpiece of Downtown East. You can see the recently released renderings for that project here

Below we've included a number of photos showing the current construction status of the Wells Fargo Towers. 

Official design for "The Commons" debuts

Minneapolis finally has it's first glimpse at what will officially become it's tree filled, activity bursting, and sun bathing park. Oh yes, and it's right Downtown we might add. We're referring to "The Commons", a new $22 million dollar park that will be constructed right in front of the Minnesota Vikings brand new $1 billion (plus) stadium.

Hargreaves Associates presented their plans to the city of Minneapolis and its residents last night at a public meeting. The 4.2 acre site is an outdoor gathering space that Minneapolis can truly be proud of. 

The latest plans show quite a bit going on in the two full blocks of park space. The space closest to the stadium itself includes a multitude of things. The largest area is called "The Great" lawn and features just that, a large grassy open area. There is a 40x40 stage along with a shade structure located next to the Great Lawn along Park Avenue. The Great Lawn area can hold up to 6,000 people for events and gatherings.

Two major promenades will run along side the park in its entirety. One will be on 4th Street, the other on 5th. Along the 4th Street promenade there is space for kiosks and outdoor tables (think Bryant Park in NYC). Portland Avenue will remain open but will be reduced down to two single traffic lanes and a bike lane. 

The second block running towards the core of downtown Minneapolis will feature a smaller grassy area called the "Good Lawn". There is also a large water feature that stretches across a good portion of the site and a bit of the of the other block. Renderings show the water feature producing mist from the cracks in the surface. It'll be a popular site for cooling down when the summer heat is at its worst.

A pavilion along with a play landscape are also part of the plans for this block. This part of The Commons also features a park like site with trails that meander through groves of trees. This second block will abut right up to a new six story 200 unit residential building that will begin construction soon. 

The Commons will function a bit like Bryant Park in New York City. During the summer there will be space for many activities like bocce ball, chess, and of course the summer time favorite of Frisbee throwing. In the winter space will be available for an ice rink and of course plenty of space for snowman building.

Now that the design is in place the race to raise the $22 million needed in order to actually build the park begins. No public money will be given towards the development of the park meaning all will come from private donations. 

Construction of the park could begin next year.

Preliminary renderings revealed for The Commons

Renderings were recently released for The Commons, the new park that will be located next to the Vikings Stadium and will run between 4th and 5th Street.

The designs were created by a landscape architecture firm based out of San-Francisco named Hargreaves Associates. Four prototype designs were created in which a rendering and site plan were released for each

The designs for the 4.2 acre park each feature a water feature of some sort, different soil elevations on site, and a support pavilion along with play area in some. Portland Avenue will be narrowed with each of the designs and will include just two car lanes and bike lanes.

Construction of the park is expected to begin within the next few months as the Star Tribune building demolition begins. 


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